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  • REACH Regulations 2020 Statutory Instrument (SI) laid before Parliament

    REACH Regulations 2020 Statutory Instrument (SI) laid before Parliament

    News October 2020

    Likely to come into force at the end of the Transition Period

  • CEN TC 207 Furniture Standards meeting report

    CEN TC 207 Furniture Standards meeting report

    News October 2020

    Scope of committee to include 'circular economy'; changes to bunk bed standard EN 747

  • 'The future of the office and office workers' report

    'The future of the office and office workers' report

    News October 2020

    BCFA reveals seismic change in the way we work now is here to stay

  • Association welcomes new members

    Association welcomes new members

    News October 2020

    7 new Members for the Furniture Industry Research Association

  • Environment (Miscellaneous Amendments) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020

    Environment (Miscellaneous Amendments) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020

    News October 2020

    Amendments to environmental laws

  • Brexit information from ECHA

    Brexit information from ECHA

    News October 2020

    Guidance in the event of a 'no deal'

  • Consumer attitudes to fire safety information on furniture

    Consumer attitudes to fire safety information on furniture

    News October 2020

    Results from The Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) research

  • OPSS: 'a new approach to the FFFSR'

    OPSS: 'a new approach to the FFFSR'

    News October 2020

    Key change is the entire time scale has been extended by about a year

  • Domestic flammability regulations are the focus of a new training session

    Domestic flammability regulations are the focus of a new training session

    News September 2020

    Includes requirements, responsibilities, testing and labelling

  • Movement of Goods - new customs rules

    Movement of Goods - new customs rules

    News September 2020

    Important information if you trade with the EU

  • 'Home Working Solutions' from our service provider

    'Home Working Solutions' from our service provider

    News September 2020

    New 'Home Working Solutions' package to help employers fulfil their duty of care

  • New guidance for employers of home workers

    New guidance for employers of home workers

    News September 2020

    Employers have same health and safety responsibilities for home workers as for any other workers

  • British furniture industry launches campaign to save jobs

    British furniture industry launches campaign to save jobs

    News September 2020

    ‘Buy the Best, Buy British, Save Jobs’ campaign aims to make people aware of the jobs at stake in the wake of COVID 19

  • Internal Market Bill update

    Internal Market Bill update

    News September 2020

    Insights for members on the bill

  • Latest quarterly standards update published

    Latest quarterly standards update published

    News September 2020

    Members can now access all the updates

  • Brexit support

    Brexit support

    News September 2020

    Guidance on goods regulations and chemicals; imports and customs

  • Focus on EUTR compliance for third recorded training session

    Focus on EUTR compliance for third recorded training session

    News August 2020

    This session joins the recently released training on REACH and biocides

  • Work on ISO standards

    Work on ISO standards

    News August 2020

    Updates on 10 ISO standards

  • Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 as amended

    Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 as amended

    News August 2020

    Due to Covid-19 OPSS have been revising their timetable and does not expect to have new regulations ready until 2022

  • Research Association release second recorded training, with focus on biocides

    Research Association release second recorded training, with focus on biocides

    News August 2020

    The new training forms part of a suite of 5 sessions being released weekly

  • EN 16139: 2013 – Strength, durability, and safety – requirements for non-domestic seating

    EN 16139: 2013 – Strength, durability, and safety – requirements for non-domestic seating

    News August 2020

    Your chance to feedback on a revision

  • Update on EN 1335-1: 2020 Office work chair – Dimensions -determination of dimensions

    Update on EN 1335-1: 2020 Office work chair – Dimensions -determination of dimensions

    News August 2020

    Published by CEN 207 in April, adopted by BSI in May, the older version of EN 1335-1; 2000 was withdrawn

  • New recorded training on key topics

    New recorded training on key topics

    News August 2020

    First session, ‘Introduction to REACH Regulations’, is now available

  • Covid-19 SME Cyber survey

    Covid-19 SME Cyber survey

    News August 2020

    SME experiences of working from home and dealing with organisational cybersecurity

  • Support for small businesses to survive and thrive beyond COVID

    Support for small businesses to survive and thrive beyond COVID

    News August 2020

    Small Business Leadership Programme and Peer Networks Programme launch

  • ‘Perceived comfort’ is latest focus for the Research Association

    ‘Perceived comfort’ is latest focus for the Research Association

    News July 2020

    Can pressure mapping be used as a tool to assess comfort?

  • Implications of providing office/contract chairs for employees who are working at home

    Implications of providing office/contract chairs for employees who are working at home

    News July 2020

    Clarification from OPSS: do office chairs in the home need to comply with the FFFSR if they've been tested to BS 7176: 2...

  • Recovery Advice for Business scheme

    Recovery Advice for Business scheme

    News July 2020

    Access free support from experts and help your business recover from the impact of Coronavirus

  • ‘Toolkit’ to assist conformity with CE marking Directives

    ‘Toolkit’ to assist conformity with CE marking Directives

    News July 2020

    To help users navigate the sometimes complex ‘technical file’

  • REACH update report - July 2020

    REACH update report - July 2020

    News July 2020

    Total of 209 chemicals now on the SVHCs

  • Beyond 100 days of home working

    Beyond 100 days of home working

    News July 2020

    Guides on the ergonomics of home working, full practical tips for any new, or a seasoned home worker

  • Expenses and benefits provided to employees during coronavirus

    Expenses and benefits provided to employees during coronavirus

    News July 2020

    Updated to include information about PPE

  • Staying COVID-19 Secure in 2020: notice

    Staying COVID-19 Secure in 2020: notice

    News July 2020

    Updated to reflect the change in the 2m social distancing rule

  • Latest performance of the furniture industry for 2019

    Latest performance of the furniture industry for 2019

    News June 2020

    Decline in exports subdues overall positive growth performance by manufacturers

  • Government provides further halt to business evictions

    Government provides further halt to business evictions

    News June 2020

    New code provides support to shops and local firms planning their future recovery

  • Reopening safely during coronavirus

    Reopening safely during coronavirus

    News June 2020

    New tool to help businesses identify whether they can reopen safely

  • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme webinar

    Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme webinar

    News June 2020

    Taking place Thursday 18 and Friday 19 June

  • Latest Standards Update released

    Latest Standards Update released

    News June 2020

    Confirms the publication of three new standards

  • Provide insight and analysis to BEIS

    Provide insight and analysis to BEIS

    News June 2020

    Input on measures needed to support economic recovery

  • Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund

    Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund

    News June 2020

    Support for small and micro businesses in England

  • Small Business Commissioner updates

    Small Business Commissioner updates

    News June 2020

    Late payment support through the coronavirus virus

  • Apprenticeships during COVID-19

    Apprenticeships during COVID-19

    News June 2020

    Guidance for apprentices and employers

  • UK Global Tariff and Anti-Dumping Measures

    UK Global Tariff and Anti-Dumping Measures

    News June 2020

    New UK Global Tariff search available

  • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

    Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

    News June 2020

    Flexibility to bring furloughed employees back part time

  • Personal support grants

    Personal support grants

    News May 2020

    The Furniture Makers Company increasing help available

  • Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) webinars

    Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) webinars

    News May 2020

    How to make your workplace COVID-secure

  • Impact of COVID-19 on the Furniture and Furnishings Industry

    Impact of COVID-19 on the Furniture and Furnishings Industry

    News May 2020

    All-Party Parliamentary Furniture Industry Group (APPFIG) report

  • ECHA releases SCIP database

    ECHA releases SCIP database

    News May 2020

    Information on substances of concern

  • FIRA Service Technicians operations resuming

    FIRA Service Technicians operations resuming

    News May 2020

    Resumption of service planned in June

  • Coronavirus business support blog

    Coronavirus business support blog

    News May 2020

    New case studies from businesses making their workplaces COVID-secure

  • Trade Credit Insurance intervention

    Trade Credit Insurance intervention

    News May 2020

    New Q&A available

  • ISO TC 136 furniture standards meeting reports

    ISO TC 136 furniture standards meeting reports

    News May 2020

    Covers storage, children’s furniture, seating, tables and mattresses

  • Job Retention Scheme extended

    Job Retention Scheme extended

    News May 2020

    Extended for four months until the end of October 2020

  • Trade Credit Insurance guarantee

    Trade Credit Insurance guarantee

    News May 2020

    Government will temporarily guarantee business-to-business transactions

  • BS EN 1335-1: 2020 Office furniture

    BS EN 1335-1: 2020 Office furniture

    News May 2020

    Implementation of new standard delayed

  • FIRA International - continuing to operate safely

    FIRA International - continuing to operate safely

    News May 2020

    Strict social distancing and hygiene measures in place

  • Working safely during coronavirus

    Working safely during coronavirus

    News May 2020

    Covers factories / warehouses. homes, offices, shops, vehicles

  • Government COVID-19 recovery strategy

    Government COVID-19 recovery strategy

    News May 2020

    The strategy sets out a cautious roadmap

  • Coronavirus webinars and playbacks

    Coronavirus webinars and playbacks

    News May 2020

    Topics include tax, loans, grants and wage support

  • New Standard for educational furniture published

    New Standard for educational furniture published

    News May 2020

    BS EN 13150: 2020 immediately replaces the 2001 version

  • Standards meeting report - hardware for furniture

    Standards meeting report - hardware for furniture

    News May 2020

    Despite lockdowns the development of European Standards continues

  • New Standard for office furniture published

    New Standard for office furniture published

    News May 2020

    BS EN 1335-1: 2020 Office Furniture. Office work chair. Part 1 Dimensions – Determination of dimensions

  • Government depts are hosting free webinars

    Government depts are hosting free webinars

    News May 2020

    Helping businesses understand the Covid-19 support available

  • Inquiry on the impact of COVID-19

    Inquiry on the impact of COVID-19

    News April 2020

    Video conference on 30 April.

  • Latest Standards Update

    Latest Standards Update

    News April 2020

    Includes two new standards

  • France issues update to childcare standards

    France issues update to childcare standards

    News April 2020

    References NF EN 1130: 2019 Childcare furniture: Cradles - Safety requirements and test methods

  • Secretary of State: letter to retailers and manufacturers

    Secretary of State: letter to retailers and manufacturers

    News April 2020

    Support to keep supply chains moving

  • Supporting with COVID-19 knowledge

    Supporting with COVID-19 knowledge

    News April 2020

    New central resource for COVID-19 information

  • Social distancing in the workplace

    Social distancing in the workplace

    News April 2020

    BEIS publishes advice applicable to furniture sector

  • Furniture Makers’ Company welfare grants

    Furniture Makers’ Company welfare grants

    News April 2020

    Support during the coronavirus pandemic

  • BSI releases suite of best practice standards

    BSI releases suite of best practice standards

    News April 2020

    Risk and business continuity standards publicly available

  • FAQs: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

    FAQs: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

    News April 2020

    How the Scheme fits within employment law

  • Industry charity reaches out to affected employees

    Industry charity reaches out to affected employees

    News April 2020

    Welfare support for those affected by coronavirus

  • BFC: COVID-19 activity review

    BFC: COVID-19 activity review

    News March 2020

    Letter to the Chancellor, engagement with BEIS, APPFIG work

  • Standards meeting report - Safety of child use and child care products

    Standards meeting report - Safety of child use and child care products

    News March 2020

    Meeting covered changing units, safety barriers cots and bedding

  • Children's Highchair standard amended

    Children's Highchair standard amended

    News March 2020

    BS EN 14988: 2017 +A1: 2020 - Children's Highchairs

  • BFC Briefing on COVID-19 Business Assistance

    BFC Briefing on COVID-19 Business Assistance

    News March 2020

    Support the Government has made available for businesses

  • Standards meeting report – Test methods for furniture

    Standards meeting report – Test methods for furniture

    News March 2020

    Development of technical report for testing seating used by people weighing over 110kg; review of EN 1022: 2018

  • Standards committee report – Bunk beds

    Standards committee report – Bunk beds

    News March 2020

    Preparation of draft revision of EN 747-1: 2012 + A1: 2015 Furniture. Bunk beds and high beds

  • Standards meeting report: non-domestic furniture

    Standards meeting report: non-domestic furniture

    News March 2020

    Suggested priority standards for development within CEN TC207 during the current pandemic

  • Interim enforcement policy for mattresses and mattress pads

    Interim enforcement policy for mattresses and mattress pads

    News March 2020

    CPSC’s Office of Compliance is revising the Interim Enforcement Policy

  • COVID-19 - Coronavirus update

    COVID-19 - Coronavirus update

    News March 2020

    Business Readiness Bulletin – 11th March 2020

  • UK furniture fire safety regulations – revision process commences

    UK furniture fire safety regulations – revision process commences

    News February 2020

    OPSS outlined its aims of maintaining (or increasing) the current level of fire safety

  • Standards meeting report – Motorised furniture

    Standards meeting report – Motorised furniture

    News February 2020

    Key areas to address are stability, strength and durability and entrapment.

  • Revision to REACH - Update on SVHC  - January 2020

    Revision to REACH - Update on SVHC - January 2020

    News February 2020

    Latest update report concerning (REACH) Regulations

  • Furniture Industry Research Association share updates to standards and other key matters

    Furniture Industry Research Association share updates to standards and other key matters

    News January 2020

    One of the main headlines is the publication of a new standard

  • California AB2998 and ASTM E05 Fire Committee

    California AB2998 and ASTM E05 Fire Committee

    News December 2019

    California regulation prohibiting flame retardant chemicals in upholstered furniture

  • New European standard for childcare furniture published

    New European standard for childcare furniture published

    News December 2019

    BS EN 1130: 2019 Children’s furniture. Cribs

  • Positive vote for a new standard for electrical furniture

    Positive vote for a new standard for electrical furniture

    News November 2019

    ​IEC 60335 Part 2 -116 Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 2-116

  • Standards meeting report – Domestic furniture

    Standards meeting report – Domestic furniture

    News November 2019

    covered a range of topics including motorised furniture, swivel chairs, foldaway beds and more...

  • Baby Products Association technical meeting report - November 2019

    Baby Products Association technical meeting report - November 2019

    News November 2019

    Key topics covered at this latest meeting included the possible revision of BS 1877 Part 10

  • Standards meeting report – Non-domestic furniture

    Standards meeting report – Non-domestic furniture

    News November 2019

    Meeting covered work on amendments to EN 15372 and EN 16121

  • Standards meeting report – Test methods for furniture

    Standards meeting report – Test methods for furniture

    News November 2019

    Meeting covered issues related to motorised furniture, foams and mattresses and seating

  • Furniture Industry Research Association help organisations embrace ‘Industry 4.0’

    Furniture Industry Research Association help organisations embrace ‘Industry 4.0’

    News November 2019

    Details the potential for Industry 4.0 to improve productivity

  • First office furniture Remanufacturing Standard

    First office furniture Remanufacturing Standard

    News October 2019

    Covers office and contract chairs / seating, office and contract tables / desking, office and contract storage units

  • HMRC accelerates registration of firms onto simplified import procedures

    HMRC accelerates registration of firms onto simplified import procedures

    News October 2019

    The scheme will make importing after Brexit on 31 October much simpler

  • New standard for bariatric beds

    New standard for bariatric beds

    News October 2019

    Specifies safety, strength and durability performance requirements

  • Brexit events and webinars

    Brexit events and webinars

    News October 2019

    The Government hosting events and webinars to help with Brexit

  • Standards Meeting Report - PAS 7050 Steering Group

    Standards Meeting Report - PAS 7050 Steering Group

    News September 2019

    Development of new specification for bringing safe products to market

  • European Standards meeting – outdoor furniture

    European Standards meeting – outdoor furniture

    News September 2019

    The meeting focused on potential revisions of two standards - EN 581-1 and EN 581-2

  • Toxic Chemicals in Everyday Life

    Toxic Chemicals in Everyday Life

    News July 2019

    Statement on the publication of the EAC's 'Toxic Chemicals in Everyday Life'

  • Furniture Industry Research Association publish Brexit guidance

    Furniture Industry Research Association publish Brexit guidance

    News June 2019

    ‘Brexit – the importance of planning ahead’

  • New standard for furniture hardware published

    New standard for furniture hardware published

    News June 2019

    BS EN 15939: 2019 Hardware for furniture

  • Furniture Industry Research Association share updates to standards and other key matters

    Furniture Industry Research Association share updates to standards and other key matters

    News June 2019

    Three new standards

  • Westbridge recognised as ‘certified company’ under fire compliance scheme

    Westbridge recognised as ‘certified company’ under fire compliance scheme

    News June 2019

    Three of Westbridge’s UK production sites were assessed during audit process

  • Standards Meeting Report – CEN TC207 Plenary

    Standards Meeting Report – CEN TC207 Plenary

    News June 2019

    Standards expected to be published in the coming years

  • Standards Report – Common test methods

    Standards Report – Common test methods

    News June 2019

    Topics include motorised furniture, mattresses, seating and more

  • Standards meeting report – Suspended seating workshop

    Standards meeting report – Suspended seating workshop

    News June 2019

    Possible test methods for suspended seating

  • Standards meeting report – seat loading template

    Standards meeting report – seat loading template

    News June 2019

    Discussion on the seat loading point when testing stability

  • Standards meeting report – foldaway beds

    Standards meeting report – foldaway beds

    News June 2019

    Potential revision of EN 1129 Parts 1 & 2 Furniture - Foldaway beds - Safety requirements and testing

  • Standards meeting report – Non-domestic furniture

    Standards meeting report – Non-domestic furniture

    News June 2019

    Committee merger and revision to EN 15372

  • Summary of EU Exit Business Readiness Forum meeting on 16th May

    Summary of EU Exit Business Readiness Forum meeting on 16th May

    News May 2019

    Information businesses need to prepare for EU Exit

  • Confirmation of standard for cot mattresses

    Confirmation of standard for cot mattresses

    News May 2019

    European standard BS EN 16890: 2017 Children’s furniture – Mattresses for cots and cribs

  • New standard for office desks

    New standard for office desks

    News May 2019

    BS EN 527-2: 2016 + A1: 2019 Office furniture. Work tables. Part 2

  • EU Exit – Update for exporters

    EU Exit – Update for exporters

    News May 2019

    Guidance explaining changes for exporters in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal

  • FIRA compliance scheme sees Alstons attain ‘Certified Company’ status

    FIRA compliance scheme sees Alstons attain ‘Certified Company’ status

    News April 2019

    Alstons achieved Certified Status after passing an independent audit

  • EU Exit Business Readiness Forum meeting on 11th April

    EU Exit Business Readiness Forum meeting on 11th April

    News April 2019

    The forum aims to share the information businesses need to prepare for EU Exit

  • Importing and exporting preparations in the event of a no-deal Brexit

    Importing and exporting preparations in the event of a no-deal Brexit

    News April 2019

    Webinar summary - importing and exporting preparations to take in the event of no-deal Brexit.

  • Andrew Story from Moores Furniture Group joins Council

    Andrew Story from Moores Furniture Group joins Council

    News April 2019

    Kitchen sector bolstered on the Research Association Council

  • EU Exit Business Readiness Forum Q & A update

    EU Exit Business Readiness Forum Q & A update

    News April 2019

    Q&A's from meetings on 21 March and 28 March

  • EU Exit Business Readiness Forum meeting on 28th March

    EU Exit Business Readiness Forum meeting on 28th March

    News April 2019

    An update on all the latest Brexit discussions

  • EU Exit Business Readiness Forum meeting on 21st March

    EU Exit Business Readiness Forum meeting on 21st March

    News April 2019

    Focus on digital and data

  • Standards Meeting Report - hardware for furniture

    Standards Meeting Report - hardware for furniture

    News April 2019

    Draft standards for corrosion performance of hardware and also star bases for swivelling chairs

  • France issues update to list of reference standards under Childcare Decree 91-1292

    France issues update to list of reference standards under Childcare Decree 91-1292

    News March 2019

    For the prevention of risks arising from the use of childcare articles

  • Assured Advice on labelling

    Assured Advice on labelling

    News March 2019

    Herts Trading Standards offer advice on labelling.

  • EU Exit Business Readiness Forum meeting on 14th March

    EU Exit Business Readiness Forum meeting on 14th March

    News March 2019

    Covering regulations and standards – REACH, goods, product safety

  • EU Exit Business Readiness Forum meeting on 7th March

    EU Exit Business Readiness Forum meeting on 7th March

    News March 2019

    Updates and slides from the sixth forum

  • European Standard for Cots amended

    European Standard for Cots amended

    News March 2019

    Corrigendum published modifying requirements for footholds

  • Standards meeting report – Storage furniture

    Standards meeting report – Storage furniture

    News March 2019

    Meeting covered issues identified during the drafting of the revised standard ISO 7170

  • ​Standards meeting report – outdoor furniture

    ​Standards meeting report – outdoor furniture

    News March 2019

    Includes three main standards for outdoor furniture (EN 581 Parts 1, 2 & 3)

  • BREXIT - placing goods on the UK and the EU market in no-deal scenario

    BREXIT - placing goods on the UK and the EU market in no-deal scenario

    News March 2019

    Government guidance documents on placing goods in a no-deal scenario

  • EU Exit - Guidance for no deal scenario - update 13 March 2019

    EU Exit - Guidance for no deal scenario - update 13 March 2019

    News March 2019

    Research Association guidance document - scenario of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

  • EU Exit Business Readiness Forum meeting on 28th February - Public Procurement and Changes to EU funding

    EU Exit Business Readiness Forum meeting on 28th February - Public Procurement and Changes to EU fun...

    News March 2019

    Summary notes from meeting and Government information

  • Standards meeting report – kitchen furniture

    Standards meeting report – kitchen furniture

    News March 2019

    International Standards committee responsible or looking at standardising the sizes of kitchen furniture

  • ​Standards meeting report – Electrical furniture

    ​Standards meeting report – Electrical furniture

    News March 2019

    Task Group meeting to liaise with IEC TC61 who have been developing an electrical standard for furniture

  • Standards meeting report – Beds

    Standards meeting report – Beds

    News March 2019

    Developing the standard ISO WD 23769 Furniture-Mattresses-Test methods for the determination of functional characteristi...

  • HMRC urges business owners to make sure they are ready for no deal

    HMRC urges business owners to make sure they are ready for no deal

    News March 2019

    Steps to ensure businesses can continue to trade with the EU if the UK leaves without a deal

  • EU Exit Business Readiness Forum meeting on 21st February covering Workforce & People and Intellectual Property

    EU Exit Business Readiness Forum meeting on 21st February covering Workforce & People and Intellectu...

    News March 2019

    Summary notes from meeting and Government information leaflets on EU exit business readiness

  • Standards meeting report – Tables

    Standards meeting report – Tables

    News February 2019

    Development of ISO 19682 Furniture — Tables — Test methods for the determination of stability, strength and durability

  • Government update - Letters on no deal Brexit advice for businesses only trading with the EU

    Government update - Letters on no deal Brexit advice for businesses only trading with the EU

    News February 2019
  • Standards meeting report – Seating

    Standards meeting report – Seating

    News February 2019

    Key topic for discussion was ISO 7173 Furniture — Chairs and stools — Determination of strength and durability

  • Implications for business and trade of a no deal exit on 29 March 2019

    Implications for business and trade of a no deal exit on 29 March 2019

    News February 2019

    Government update

  • Baby Products Association technical meeting report - February 2019

    Baby Products Association technical meeting report - February 2019

    News February 2019

    Key topics included possibility of new Standard for mattresses used in moses baskets and carrycot.

  • HMRC impact assessment for the VAT treatment of low value parcels

    HMRC impact assessment for the VAT treatment of low value parcels

    News February 2019

    Impact of changes

  • DEFRA Guidance on F gas: guidance for users, producers and traders

    DEFRA Guidance on F gas: guidance for users, producers and traders

    News February 2019

    guidance to industry in the event of a “no deal BREXIT scenario

  • Help and support for traders if the UK leaves the EU with no deal

    Help and support for traders if the UK leaves the EU with no deal

    News February 2019

    Videos about trading after 29 March

  • EU Exit Business Readiness Forum meeting on 14th February covering data and organisational compliance

    EU Exit Business Readiness Forum meeting on 14th February covering data and organisational complianc...

    News February 2019

    Summary notes from meeting and Government information leaflets on EU exit business readiness

  • EU Exit Business Readiness Forum 7th February 2019

    EU Exit Business Readiness Forum 7th February 2019

    News February 2019

    Meeting notes available from the second forum

  • ‘Statistics Digest for the UK Furniture Industry’

    ‘Statistics Digest for the UK Furniture Industry’

    News February 2019

    £17.5 billion consumer spend on furniture and furnishings

  • ‘Electrical accessories incorporated into furniture - a guide to the UK regulations’

    ‘Electrical accessories incorporated into furniture - a guide to the UK regulations’

    News February 2019

    Third guide concerning electrical components in furniture

  • Standards Meeting Report – domestic furniture

    Standards Meeting Report – domestic furniture

    News February 2019

    Insights from CEN TC 207 WG1 (the committee responsible for developing European Standards for domestic furniture)

  • EU Exit - Guidance for no deal scenario

    EU Exit - Guidance for no deal scenario

    News February 2019

    Research Association guidance document - scenario of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

  • Herman Miller receives FIRA Ergonomics Excellence Award

    Herman Miller receives FIRA Ergonomics Excellence Award

    News February 2019

    Four chairs within the Cosm range are included in the award

  • EU Exit Business Readiness Forum 31st January 2019

    EU Exit Business Readiness Forum 31st January 2019

    News February 2019

    The forum is likely to be hosted on a weekly basis until March 2019

  • DEFRA guidance on trading in CITES listed species in the event of a no-deal BREXIT

    DEFRA guidance on trading in CITES listed species in the event of a no-deal BREXIT

    News January 2019
  • Interim policy for mattresses and mattress pads

    Interim policy for mattresses and mattress pads

    News January 2019

    Policy for mattresses subject to 16 CFR part 1632

  • Government White Paper on Immigration

    Government White Paper on Immigration

    News January 2019

    Single immigration system, ending free movement

  • Final standards update for 2018

    Final standards update for 2018

    News December 2018

    Details of new standards and updates to others

  • Furniture Industry Research Association summarise final quarter activity

    Furniture Industry Research Association summarise final quarter activity

    News December 2018

    Standards, new guidance, Brexit and more.

  • REACH EU exit guidance

    REACH EU exit guidance

    News December 2018

    Seven different scenarios are covered.

  • Office and contract furniture technical forum update

    Office and contract furniture technical forum update

    News December 2018

    Resources are now available to members.

  • Standards meeting report – Hardware for furniture

    Standards meeting report – Hardware for furniture

    News December 2018

    The working group discussed two new draft standards.

  • New document for surface finish assessment published

    New document for surface finish assessment published

    News December 2018

    PD CEN/TR 17292: 2018 Technical report regarding precision data for various standards

  • New European Standard for Office Seating published

    New European Standard for Office Seating published

    News December 2018

    BS EN 1335-2: 2018 Office furniture. Office Work Chair. Safety Requirements

  • ‘Electrically powered office furniture - a guide to the UK Regulations’

    ‘Electrically powered office furniture - a guide to the UK Regulations’

    News December 2018

    Details powered office furniture falling within certain Directives.

  • Vietnam-EU legal timber agreement signed

    Vietnam-EU legal timber agreement signed

    News November 2018

    The EU has signed an agreement to support the Vietnamese government.

  • New standard for seating published

    New standard for seating published

    News November 2018

    A new European Standard for assessing the stability of seating has been published.

  • Buoyant Upholstery gain ‘Certified Company’ status under fire compliance scheme

    Buoyant Upholstery gain ‘Certified Company’ status under fire compliance scheme

    News November 2018

    “Compliance and Safety is always at the forefront at everything we do"

  • Standards meeting report – domestic furniture

    Standards meeting report – domestic furniture

    News October 2018

    A meeting of CEN TC207 WG1, the European standards committee tasked with producing standards for domestic furniture

  • Standards meeting report

    Standards meeting report

    News October 2018

    CEN TC 207 WG9, the European Standards committee that develops common test methods for furniture standards

  • Furniture Industry Research Association release their latest Standards Update

    Furniture Industry Research Association release their latest Standards Update

    News September 2018

    The September update confirms the publication of a number of new standards across the furniture sector.

  • New Assured Advice from Hertfordshire Trading Standards

    New Assured Advice from Hertfordshire Trading Standards

    News September 2018

    Latest Assured Advice on whether arm caps are within regulations.

  • Children’s furniture standard - BS EN 16120: 2012 +A2: 2016

    News July 2018

    BS EN 16120: 2012 +A2: 2016 has had a minor change.

  • British Furniture Confederation aims to kickstart stalled review on furniture flammability regulations

    British Furniture Confederation aims to kickstart stalled review on furniture flammability regulatio...

    News July 2017

    ​​The British Furniture Confederation is hoping to kick start the stalled review of Britain’s flam regs with a proposal ...

  • ​New Standards for children’s furniture published

    ​New Standards for children’s furniture published

    News January 2017

    Four revised standards for children’s furniture have been published. The standards have been produced by the Furniture I...

  • ​Standards meeting update

    ​Standards meeting update

    News September 2016

    CEN TC207 WG9, the European Standards committee responsible for developing test method standards, and chaired by FIRA’s ...

  • ​FEMB Technical Committee Meeting Report - September 2016

    News September 2016

    On Friday 16th September FIRA took part in the latest FEMB Technical Committee meeting in Milan, on behalf of the BCFA. ...

  • FIRA Quarterly Standards Update Report - September 2016

    FIRA Quarterly Standards Update Report - September 2016

    News September 2016

    Even though the summer months are traditionally quieter, standards making, both at an International and European level, ...

  • ​​Consultation on updating Furniture and Furnishings Fire Safety Regulations

    ​​Consultation on updating Furniture and Furnishings Fire Safety Regulations

    News September 2016

    FIRA was informed yesterday that the Government has re-started the consultation into a potential revision of the fire sa...

  • ​British Standards for kitchen furniture to be revised

    ​British Standards for kitchen furniture to be revised

    News July 2016

    At a recent meeting at BSI in London it was agreed that the two main British Standards for kitchen units are to be updat...

  • ​New Standards Meeting Report from Europe

    ​New Standards Meeting Report from Europe

    News May 2016

    A meeting of the Standards Committee responsible for producing furniture standards, CEN TC207, was recently held in Pari...

  • ​New Furniture Design Toolkit for Domestic Furniture now available

    ​New Furniture Design Toolkit for Domestic Furniture now available

    News February 2016

    The Furniture Design Toolkit for the domestic sector is the only design resource to contain this highly valuable informa...

  • Government update on the revision of the UK furniture flammability regulations

    News January 2016

    ​On the 19th of January we received the following communication from the Department for Business Innovation and Skills:

  • ​Report into current and alternative flame retardant technologies for furniture and furnishings

    ​Report into current and alternative flame retardant technologies for furniture and furnishings

    News December 2015

    Cause for concern over the potential toxicity of some flame retardant chemicals has prompted the UK's largest furniture ...

  • Mind the Gap conference tackles skills shortage

    Mind the Gap conference tackles skills shortage

    News November 2015

    ​The biggest challenge facing the furnishing industry over the next decade is a skills shortage, and to ensure our indus...

  • How do flame retardant chemicals impact on recycling furniture?

    News October 2015

    ​A report into the impact the use of flame retardant (FR) chemicals in upholstered furniture has on its disposal and rec...

  • Standards

    Standards

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  • Furniture Retail Quality Group - Industry Standard Children’s Domestic Furniture - General safety requirements

    Furniture Retail Quality Group - Industry Standard Children’s Domestic Furniture - General safety re...

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    FIRA Standard created due to the absence of any British or European Standards applicable to children’s domestic and camp...

  • About membership

    About membership

    Benefits of membership and how we support the industry

  • Furniture Retail Quality Group - Industry Standard  Furniture - Children’s Domestic Furniture – Seating – Requirements for strength, stability and durability

    Furniture Retail Quality Group - Industry Standard Furniture - Children’s Domestic Furniture – Seat...

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    FIRA Standard created due to the absence of any British or European Standards applicable to children’s domestic and camp...

  • Furniture Retail Quality Group Industry Standard Furniture - Children’s Domestic Furniture - Tables and desks – Requirements for strength, stability and durability

    Furniture Retail Quality Group Industry Standard Furniture - Children’s Domestic Furniture - Tables ...

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    FIRA Standard created due to the absence of any British or European Standards applicable to children’s domestic and camp...

  • Furniture Retail Quality Group - Industry Standard    Furniture - Children’s Domestic Furniture – Storage furniture – Requirements for strength, stability and durability

    Furniture Retail Quality Group - Industry Standard Furniture - Children’s Domestic Furniture – St...

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    FIRA Standard created due to the absence of any British or European Standards applicable to children’s domestic and camp...

  • Furniture Retail Quality Group Best Practice Guide 2017 - Glass in Furniture

    Furniture Retail Quality Group Best Practice Guide 2017 - Glass in Furniture

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    The guide has been developed in conjunction with the Furniture Retail Quality Group, whose members include technologists...

  • The Furniture Industry Research Association Council

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  • FIRA Standard - Performance and Dimensional Requirements for Bariatric Seating

    FIRA Standard - Performance and Dimensional Requirements for Bariatric Seating

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    This FIRA Standard specifies safety, strength and durability performance requirements for the structural safety and stab...

  • FIRA Standard - Performance and Dimensional Requirements for Bariatric Beds

    FIRA Standard - Performance and Dimensional Requirements for Bariatric Beds

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    This FIRA Standard specifies safety, strength and durability performance requirements for the structural safety and stab...

  • Standards meeting reports archive

    Standards meeting reports archive

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  • Quarterly Standards Update Reports

    Quarterly Standards Update Reports

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    These quarterly reports reflect the changes to furniture related standards notified to the Research Association

  • Standards Update Report - June 2019

    Standards Update Report - June 2019

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    Details of new standards and standards in development

  • Standards Update Report - March 2019

    Standards Update Report - March 2019

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    Details of four new standards and standards in development

  • Standards Update Report - September 2018

    Standards Update Report - September 2018

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    Details of new standards, changes and standards in development

  • Standards update report - June 2020

    Standards update report - June 2020

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    Summary of changes, new standards and standards in development

  • COVID-19

    COVID-19

    Ensuring that we play a responsible role in supporting the containment of the pandemic

  • FIRA International Ergonomics Excellence Award Holders

    FIRA International Ergonomics Excellence Award Holders

    Companies awarded by FIRA International for their design and manufacture of ergonomically excellent products

  • Standards Update Report - March 2020

    Standards Update Report - March 2020

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    Summary of changes, new standards and standards in development

  • Standards Update Report - September 2019

    Standards Update Report - September 2019

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    Details of new standards and standards in development

  • Standards Update Report - December 2019

    Standards Update Report - December 2019

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    Summary of changes, new standards and standards in development

  • Standards Update Report - December 2018

    Standards Update Report - December 2018

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    Details of new standards, changes and standards in development

  • Standards Update Report - June 2018

    Standards Update Report - June 2018

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    Details of new standards, changes and standards in development

  • Standards update report - September 2020

    Standards update report - September 2020

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    Summary of changes, new standards and standards in development

  • FIRA Compliance Scheme for the Fire Performance of Upholstered Furniture

    FIRA Compliance Scheme for the Fire Performance of Upholstered Furniture

    Flammability - Show your commitment to compliance with the fire safety Regulations

  • Assured Advice

  • Compliance Scheme benefits for retailers

    FIRA Compliance Scheme benefits for retailers, Compliance scheme for the Fire performance of upholstered furniture, furn...

  • How to join the FIRA Flammability Compliance Scheme

    Compliance scheme for the Fire performance of upholstered furniture, furniture flammability compliance scheme

  • Compliance Scheme benefits for manufacturers

    FIRA Compliance Scheme benefits for manufacturers, Compliance scheme for the Fire performance of upholstered furniture, ...

  • ​Childcare product classification

    ​Childcare product classification

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    Identifying the difference between a toy and an item of furniture correctly, as the standards and test methods applicabl...

  • Leather types, characteristics and maintenance

    Leather types, characteristics and maintenance

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    Leather types and characteristics, the benefits of testing and care and maintenance of leather upholstery

  • ​Specifying leather for furniture

    ​Specifying leather for furniture

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    Identifying which standards and properties are relevant to leather performance

  • Standards applicable to the sale of childcare (furniture) products in the UK

    Standards applicable to the sale of childcare (furniture) products in the UK

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    A summary of some of the products and standards relating to the manufacture, specification and sale of furniture and rel...

  • UV Pine lacquer free colouration

    UV Pine lacquer free colouration

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    Adding colour to pine the natural way

  • What do I need to know to sell highchairs in the UK?

    What do I need to know to sell highchairs in the UK?

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    Summary of highchair testing and specification requirements taking account of the current standards and possible introdu...

  • A guide for manufacturers seeking to claim compliance with BS 7176

    A guide for manufacturers seeking to claim compliance with BS 7176

    Knowledge Hub

    Specification for resistance to ignition of upholstered furniture for non-domestic seating

  • BFC Manifesto for the Furniture Industry 2019

    BFC Manifesto for the Furniture Industry 2019

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    The BFC Manifesto has been developed in response to an industry-wide survey it conducted soon after the EU referendum wa...

  • Statistical Digest for the Furniture Industry 2019

    Statistical Digest for the Furniture Industry 2019

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    In-depth analysis of the latest data sourced from Government bodies

  • Statistical Digest for the Furniture Industry 2018

    Statistical Digest for the Furniture Industry 2018

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    This Digest reveals continued growth in demand for furniture and furnishings with consumer expenditure at £17.5 billion.

  • Statistical Digest for the Furniture Industry 2017

    Statistical Digest for the Furniture Industry 2017

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    Furniture industry statistics, including facts, figures and commentary covering furniture production and international t...

  • Statistical Digest for the Furniture Industry 2016

    Statistical Digest for the Furniture Industry 2016

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    Furniture industry statistics, including facts, figures and commentary covering furniture production and international t...

  • Recorded training sessions

    Recorded training sessions

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    Helping members navigate regulations, directives and standards

  • Competitiveness of the UK furniture manufacturing industry

    Competitiveness of the UK furniture manufacturing industry

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    UK furniture manufacturing makes a significant contribution to the UK economy. Factory gate sales of over £8.3 billion p...

  • Guide to Health and safety management for the woodworking and furniture industries

    Guide to Health and safety management for the woodworking and furniture industries

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    Fulfilling the legal requirements, implementing processes and maintaining documented systems

  • Improving UK Productivity and Industry 4.0

    Improving UK Productivity and Industry 4.0

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    Details the potential for Industry 4.0 to improve productivity

  • Mind The Gap -  Skills and Training in the Furniture Industry

    Mind The Gap - Skills and Training in the Furniture Industry

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    This report aims to fuel the development of industry wide initiatives to ensure that the skills agenda is fully addresse...

  • National Furniture Specifications - A Guide for Specifiers

    National Furniture Specifications - A Guide for Specifiers

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    Guide to assist specifiers in the tender process when acquiring contract or domestic furniture and a guide for manufactu...

  • ​Report on 'Real-life' UK kitchen study findings

    ​Report on 'Real-life' UK kitchen study findings

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    Three year study into the way UK consumers use kitchens

  • Product Selection for the furniture supply chain

    Product Selection for the furniture supply chain

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    How to manage the product selection process from initial brief to placing your product on the market, working with your ...

  • FIRA Standard - Remanufacturing

    FIRA Standard - Remanufacturing

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    FIRA Standard which specifies the requirements for the remanufacture of office and contract furniture including seating,...

  • Remanufacturing for the Circular Economy

    Remanufacturing for the Circular Economy

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    Report summarising the finding of a project which compares the potential of remanufactured furniture versus brand new pr...

  • BREXIT - The Importance  of Planning Ahead

    BREXIT - The Importance of Planning Ahead

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    64 page guide for the furniture sector

  • Cabinets

    Cabinets

    Choose cabinet furniture that's right for you

  • Kitchen buying guide

    Kitchen buying guide

    What to consider for kitchen purchases

  • Mattress buying guide

    Mattress buying guide

    What will be the best mattress for you?

  • Outdoor furniture

    Outdoor furniture

    Options and advice on aftercare

  • Upholstery buying guide

    Upholstery buying guide

    Foams, fillings, fabrics and more

  • Furniture Design Toolkit for Domestic Furniture

    Furniture Design Toolkit for Domestic Furniture

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    Guide to assist designers and manufacturers of bedroom, living room, dining room and home office furniture

  • Furniture Design Toolkit - Office and Contract Furniture

    Furniture Design Toolkit - Office and Contract Furniture

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    Guide to assist designers and manufacturers of office and contract furniture

  • Kitchen Layout Design Guide

    Kitchen Layout Design Guide

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    Guide to assist designers and manufacturers across the kitchen sector

  • Implications of providing office/contract chairs for employees who are working at home

    Implications of providing office/contract chairs for employees who are working at home

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    Clarification from the OPSS (Office for Product Safety Standards) via the Hertfordshire Trading Standards Office (TS), t...

  • A review into the validity of interface pressure mapping to assess perceived comfort: Guidelines for best practice

    A review into the validity of interface pressure mapping to assess perceived comfort: Guidelines for...

    Knowledge Hub

    Can pressure mapping be used as a tool to assess comfort?

  • BFC Proposal for updating UK Flammability Regulations - June 2017

    BFC Proposal for updating UK Flammability Regulations - June 2017

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    Summary of the British Furniture Confederation’s Proposed Revision of Furniture & Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regula...

  • Introduction to the Domestic Flammability Regulations training

    Introduction to the Domestic Flammability Regulations training

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    Recorded training session to help you understand the Furniture & Furnishings Fire Safety Regulations for household f...

  • Current and alternative flame retardants for upholstered furniture

    Current and alternative flame retardants for upholstered furniture

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    The use of flame retardants in furniture and furnishings is of great significance, especially in the UK, where fire safe...

  • Fire safety of furniture and furnishings in the contract and non-domestic sectors - a guide to the UK requirements

    Fire safety of furniture and furnishings in the contract and non-domestic sectors - a guide to the U...

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    The fire safety of upholstered furniture supplied into the non-domestic market is more complex. It is heavily influenced...

  • Fire safety of furniture and furnishings in the home - A Guide to the UK Regulations

    Fire safety of furniture and furnishings in the home - A Guide to the UK Regulations

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    Any filling material, whether foam or non-foam, intended for use in furniture, must meet specified ignition tests. This ...

  • Furniture Retail Quality Group best practice guide - flammability testing

    Furniture Retail Quality Group best practice guide - flammability testing

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    Advice for upholstery component manufacturers and suppliers to help identify the requirements for different upholstery c...

  • The potential impact of flame retardants on the 'end of life' of upholstered furniture and furnishings

    The potential impact of flame retardants on the 'end of life' of upholstered furniture and furnishin...

    Knowledge Hub

    This report investigates the impact of the presence of flame retardants on the furniture industry in relation to the dis...

  • Cable Management Systems– Understanding BS 6396

    Cable Management Systems– Understanding BS 6396

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    Guide to help you understand the requirements for electrical systems in office and educational furniture

  • Electrical accessories incorporated into furniture - a guide to the UK Regulations

    Electrical accessories incorporated into furniture - a guide to the UK Regulations

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    For designers and manufacturers of furniture with electrical features, covering applicable EU Directives and CE marking ...

  • Electrically actuated furniture for the domestic market - a guide to the UK Regulations

    Electrically actuated furniture for the domestic market - a guide to the UK Regulations

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    Guide to the Application of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, Edition 2.1 in relation to domestic furniture

  • Electrically powered office furniture -  a guide to the UK Regulations

    Electrically powered office furniture - a guide to the UK Regulations

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    The 62 page guide identifies the relationship with powered office furniture products such as sit / stand desking and oth...

  • Furniture and the Medical Devices Directive (MDD) 93/42/EEC - Guidance and CE marking requirements.

    Furniture and the Medical Devices Directive (MDD) 93/42/EEC - Guidance and CE marking requirements.

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    How to classify your products based on their intended usage, including Guidance on what all products must be subject to ...

  • The General Product Safety Directive, furniture industry guide to legislation

    The General Product Safety Directive, furniture industry guide to legislation

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    43 page guide to support the furniture industry in understanding the GPSD

  • CE Marking Toolkit

    CE Marking Toolkit

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    To support members in meeting the strict requirements of CE Marketing Directives